Samsung is finally starting to roll out Android 11, three months after its release | GeekComparison

Android 11 with Samsung's One UI skin.
Enlarge / Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI skin.

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Android 11 came out about three months ago, which means it’s finally time for Samsung to get its act together and release the operating system. Samsung announced on its company blog that the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra would now all get Android 11, provided you’re in “Korea, US and most markets in Europe”.

A three-month delay on the latest Android release is similar to what Samsung did for Android 10 last year, which was a record pace for the company at the time. Of course, there’s more to Samsung’s lineup than just the S20, and the company’s official timeline leaves the Note20, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip waiting until January. from Samsung best selling devices all come from the mid-range “Galaxy A” line, and those are updated anywhere from March to June, so somewhere between six and nine months after the release of Android 11.

After the absolutely massive release of Android 10 and a year plagued by COVID issues, Google hasn’t made many changes in Android 11. The notification panel has a new persistent media player, a history section, and support for floating bubble notifications. There are new one-time permission approvals for the microphone, camera, and location, new emojis, more work on modularity, and easier auto-complete. Of course, on a Samsung phone, this is all paved with a custom UI – Samsung’s “One UI” – and that skin is updated along with Android. Android Police has a great hands-on of the beta, showing that most of the Android 11 features are intact, along with things like a new volume slider UI and a few other light touches.

As always, it could take weeks for the rollout to hit your device, so even if you have a Galaxy S20 don’t expect the update right away. It is now being rolled out to a small population, which will slowly increase as Samsung waits for any issues. If you don’t have the update notification yet, keep waiting.

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